October 19, 2021

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Andrew Yang calls on the US to “seriously consider” the four-day workweek

Andrew Yang calls on the US to "seriously consider" the four-day workweek

Andrew Yang thinks every weekend should be a long one.

The former Democratic presidential candidate urged the United States to “seriously consider” the adoption of a four-day workweek, arguing that it would benefit the economy and public health.

“3-day weekends are better than 2-day weekends,” says Yang Said on Twitter Monday through the end of the long Memorial Day weekend. “Studies show that we produce. It creates jobs on the margins and improves mental health.”

Coronavirus infection can trigger rapid change for a short working week, a Washington Post article Yang added in his tweet. A UK study cited in the story found that nearly two-thirds of businesses with four-day weeks saw an increase in employee productivity, and more than three-quarters of workers linked the change to better living standards.

“Flexible work arrangements were somewhat stigmatized,” corporate behavior researcher Karen Johnson told the Washington Post. “I think those negatives will go away. Kovid has a balancing effect.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern has recently been asked to consider switching companies to a four-day week, which will help revitalize the country’s economy and boost domestic tourism.

New Zealand is also home to the Perpetual Guardian, an estate-planning firm that reduced its working week in 2018. Yang shared Another tweet Researchers studying the company refer to the findings Increased productivity During the eight-week trial of the policy, the stress levels of staff and staff decreased by 20 percent.

Permanent Guardian founder Andrew Barnes said the four-day week was “not just a one-week holiday – it is about delivering productivity, meeting customer service standards, meeting individual and team business goals and objectives.” Said on the company’s website.

Yang – an entrepreneur who advocated for a universal basic income – said the coronavirus epidemic was improving workplaces around the world, forcing many to do their jobs at home. Big tech companies are planning to make the Facebook and Twitter switch permanent in some capacity.

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But it is uncertain how fast the United States will move to a four-day week. In North America, just 17 percent of companies wanted a two-thirds of workers, but offered an “abridged” working week, According to the 2018 survey Robert Hoff, a human resources consulting firm.